More tempt­ing shows on plate

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THINK there are enough cook­ing shows on TV al­ready? Not by a long shot, judg­ing by the pop­u­lar­ity of the genre, with two more pro­grams to be launched soon with an in­ter­na­tional flavour.

One will be hosted by former MasterChef con­tes­tant Marian Grasby and the other by Mel­bourne restau­ra­teur Shane Delia.

Grasby trav­els to Asia to high­light au­then­tic Thai meals in Mar­ion’s Thai­land which starts May 14 on pay TV’s Life­Style Food.

Delia’s SBS se­ries Spice Jour­ney is a pil­grim­age to the Mid­dle East which starts in his home­land of Malta and screens on SBS1 from May 2.

Grasby’s se­ries hones in on the skills she learnt from her Cor­don Bleu chef mother Noi, who was born and raised in a ru­ral Thai vil­lage.

The 10-part se­ries is shot on lo­ca­tion in and around Grasby’s tra­di­tional fam­ily home in Thai­land.

In the first episode, Grasby picks up her mum and dad in Bangkok and they head south, deep into the Thai coun­try­side to a mod­est lit­tle vil­lage called Nakhom Chung.

From there the Asian flavour of the se­ries is as healthy as the dishes.

Delia, who runs Maha restau­rant in Mel­bourne, starts in his home­land of Malta be­fore weav­ing his way through sev­eral coun­tries to bring to screen tra­di­tional Mid­dle East­ern food in a new se­ries for SBS.

This is not Delia’s first tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance. He has fea­tured on MasterChef, Food Sa­fari, Ready Steady Cook and The Cir­cle.

Mar­ion’s Thai­land: Tues­days from May 14, Life­style Food.

Spice Jour­ney: Thurs­days from May 2, SBS1.

Mar­ion Grasby

Shane Delia

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